Morality: The Catholic View
Pinkcaers, Servais, O.P.
Servais Pinckaerss work is well on its way to being accepted as the
work on Catholic moral thinking for the coming generation of laymen and
students. Pinckaers sharply distinguishes this view of morality from
modern moralities of obligation, which regard the moral life primarily
as obedience to rules that limit human freedom and curb human desires.
Pinckaers sees moralities of obligation as the logical outcome of a new
understanding of human freedom. Instead of regarding freedom as the
capacity to engage in excellent acts of virtue (freedom for excellence),
the modern view understands freedom as the radical ability to do good
or evil indifferently (freedom of indifference). Pinckaers argues
convincingly that this view of freedom and the morality of obligation
that flows from it have impoverished the Catholic understanding of the
moral life. This work offers the reader a compelling itinerary of moral
development, rooted in the theology of St. Paul and the morality of the